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The Best Moments Of The 2018 NBA Draft

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The NBA Draft is filled with surprising moments. Teams passing on future stars and crazy trades. The draft is beginning and the end for some teams. The 2018 NBA Draft is no different. So check out some of our takeaways for the night.

Best Move: Tray Young & Luke Doncic

The Atlanta Hawks drafted big man Luke Doncic at number 3, after the Kings passed on him. Alot of that had to do with rumors of Doncic not wanting to play in Sacramento. The Hawks traded the rights to Dallas for Tray Young. This was a win-win for both teams. Doncic is a good fit with the Mavs current core and can be the heir apparent to Dirk. This gives him a HOF to learn from during his rookie season. Tray gets to go to East and become the new face of a franchise.

Atlanta also picked up a 2019 first-round pick from the Mavericks that will convey to them next June as long as it falls outside the top five, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Same Ol Shit: Sacramento Kings Taking Another Big Man

Kings went with Duke product Marvin Bagley III, after reports that Doncic didn’t to play for the Kings. The Kings seem to favor the centers when they could’ve got younger at PF or SF. The team is already filled with big men. The Kings were are also high on Michael Porter Jr., but he fell to 14th in the draft due to some medical questions with his hip.  Not that Bagley is a bad pick, it just the Kings being the Kings.

Biggest Winner: Joell Embiid

WTF Award: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Tray Young decided to show up to draft with a short suit. We thought that would be the most outrageous suit. Until Shai Gilgegous-Alexander showed up. The Clippers rookie channeled his inner Russell Westbrook with his floral suit.

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Carmelo Anthony Will Sign With The Houston Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony will be an official free agent once he is waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade Anthony and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team deal that netted them point guard Dennis Schroder, per ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Hawks intend to pay Anthony his entire $27.9 million salary for next season as part of the buyout.

According to Turner Sports’ David Aldridge, Anthony “has been telling people for more than a week that he’ll ultimately wind up with the Rockets.”

Anthony will join Chris Paul and James Harden with the Houston Rockets. The Miami Heat and Los Angles Lakers were among the teams that were also interested in Melo.

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NFL Halts Policy To Penalize Players For Kneeling During The Anthem

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The NFL and NFLPA have come to an agreement to not to enforce the rule change to penalize players for taking a knee.

In May, the NFL unilaterally instituted a new policy surrounding the national anthem that would punish players and teams for kneeling as away to protest police brutality against people of color.  Which was a complete change in direction from their stance in October 2017.

The league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement Thursday that said “no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks” while both sides continue to hold discussions to figure out how to move forward.

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue,” the joint statement said. “In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy.

“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

Players around the league were not happy with the leagues’ policy change. At least this move allows more discussions and won’t allow teams to suspend players.

 

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Kawhi Leonard Traded To The Raptors

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The Kawhi Leonard era in San Antonio is officially over.

The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors agreed to a deal in principle that would involve a swap of All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.

Wojnarowski reported Leonard and Danny Green will head to Toronto in exchange for DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. Toronto’s first-round pick to San Antonio is a protected 1-20 selection. After one year, it becomes two second-round picks.

Per Wojnarowski, the first-round pick is protected for the 20th overall selection and above, and after a year, it will turn into two second-round draft choices.

Toronto would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer. If Leonard left the Raptors, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space.

Kawhi has already made his intentions known to head back to Cali when he hits free agency. So this move is likely only stop gap.

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